Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010

Macaron Madness. 65 different flavours. One day to over indulge.

Sydney may have put on cooler temps and persistent rain in the middle of spring but it didn’t deter the eager crowd that queued patiently outside the Balmain patisserie on Saturday 6th November. Australia’s answer to Ladurée, Zumbo is renowned for his creative genius when it comes to making cakes, pastries, desserts and macarons with a wow factor.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010

With unusual flavours such as Salted Butter Popcorn, Toothpaste, Vegemite Sourdough, Beer and Nuts, Blue Cheese and Burnt Toast, making a choice was no easy task. Flyers listing the various flavours were handed out so people had ample time to make a choice before stepping into the patisserie which was cleared of the usual desserts to make way for the mountains of macarons.

Pre-packed macaron boxes were on sale, and the first five people to find the Golden Macaron win a day at the Zumbo lab. Much like Willy Wonka, I suspect Adriano has how own Oompa Loompas working in his factory.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Long queue of patient patrons facing a television crew (out of view) filming a documentary on Zumbo

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Even dogs wanted to join the queue! [Edit] Chocolatesuze with an eager pooch

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
A glimpse of the action inside the tiny shop.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Negroni macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fish and Chips macarons in newspaper

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Tabaccoroni macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Hamburgers macarons (with sesame seeds on the ‘bun’)

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Peanut butter and jelly macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fairy Bread macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Salmon macarons

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Fingerbun macarons

Macaron mania commenced from 7am at the Patisserie in Balmain, as well as the new café in  Rozelle. We arrived around 10.15 am and joined the queue with the international line up of people from the USA and Japan. There was a camera crew interviewing select people and many were not too shy about airing their passion for these gourmandises.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Large macarons with raspberry

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Large macarons with raspberry

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Basil, cream and raspberry

An hour and a half later, we left with a selection of macarons. All that was left to do was to start the tasting and match the macaron to the list of flavours.

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Back (L to R): Pistachio, Choc Zumbo, Yoghurt Chilli Tangerine, Negroni, Sichuan Pepper
Middle (L to R):
Chocolate Smoked Marshmallow, Pinenut Gianduja, Black Sesame, Strawberry Bubble gum, Black Garlic
Front (L to R): Blueberry Lavender, Liquorice,
Cherry Adzuki Bean, Pear Vanilla and Macadamia, Lemon Verbena and Mint

Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010Adriano Zumbo Macaron Day 2010
Lollipops (L), Basil, cream and raspberry macaron (R)

Macaron Tasting Notes

Pistachio – lighter in taste than anticipated, unless it was a different flavour
Choc Zumbo – rich chocolate with sprinkles on top that tasted of pop corn
Yoghurt Chilli Tangerine – tangy flavour offset by the milky taste of yoghurt with a good chilli kick
Negroni – strong Campari notes and I like to think there was Gin in it, a favourite
Sichuan Pepper – savoury with an unmistakable pepper taste
Chocolate Smoked Marshmallow – smoky aroma and taste that reminded me of Gouda cheese
Pinenut Gianduja – strong notes of hazelnut followed by pinenuts
Black Sesame – strong sesame taste, a favourite
Strawberry Bubble Gum – just like bubble gum, you’d want to blow bubbles
Black Garlic – sweet garlic taste that hits you like a truck, loved it
Blueberry Lavender – the taste of Provence in your mouth
Liquorice – reminded me of Ladurée’s réglisse, bravo Zumbo!
Cherry Adzuki Bean – unusual flavour with hints of cherry
Pear Vanilla and Macadamia – very mild flavours, couldn’t taste the pear but picked up on macadamia
Lemon Verbena and Mint – lightly minty with a mild and lemony flavour, a delicate flavour combination that complements an afternoon tea
Lollipops – just like eating lollies, tastes of sweets and reminded me of my childhood
Basil, Cream & Raspberry – great combination of flavours, none too overpowering, more like a dessert than a macaron

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Adriano Zumbo Patisserie
296 Darling Street, Balmain

Adriano Zumbo Cafe
114 Terry St, Rozelle


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.